Sunday, 7 February 2010

Old into new

Mahogany is out of fashion nowadays which suits me as there is a lot of it ready to be recycled. Using a bit of spirit dye it can look like this 12" fruit bowl.










or this smaller 6" one. The pretty boring grain of mahogany can be brought out and shown to it's best effect and produce a stunning looking piece of turning. 

Both these bowls are turned fairly thin but are still strong and practical.  Both are also made from recycled wood. Modern mahogany is often a different wood to the one used in old furniture which has a lovely warm glow to it when polished up. Traditionally used in formal tables and sideboards it was a favourite for a long time.

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